Last call: Latvian (and Bontok) extlang subtags

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Mon Feb 8 10:18:35 CET 2010

Den 2010-02-08 10.06, skrev "Michael Everson" <everson at>:

> On 8 Feb 2010, at 04:30, Doug Ewell wrote:
>> Correction: There are five Bontok languages, not three, encompassed by
>> the newly reclassified Bontok macrolanguage:
>> rbk - Northern Bontok
>> lbk - Central Bontok
>> vbk - Southwestern Bontok
>> obk - Southern Bontok
>> ebk - Eastern Bontok
>> I missed the last two because they were on a different page of the
>> 639-3 report, and referenced by a different change request number.
> So your proposal is to ignore some macrolanguage subtags but not others?

Indeed, many (indeed, most) macrolanguage subtags are ALREADY ignored
(as you put it) for extlang purposes.

Indeed, my position is that **NO** more *extlang* subtags should be
registered. (That is easy for the reviewer too...)

Note that the notion of *extlangs* is a quirk. It was the result of
a compromise in LTRU. I see no need to work further on it.

    /kent k

I would agree that the change of lv/lav (and of et/est) to become
macrolanguages was a bad idea. I still hope there is a chance that
the 639-3 RA takes the change of lv/lav back...

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